Ebola

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Guy in Ebola Suit Rescues Skunk

Paramedic spotted distressed animal

(Newser) - Rescuing skunks isn't in paramedic Justin Mausz's job description—but he decided he had to act when he arrived at his Toronto-area workplace Sunday morning and saw one in the parking lot with a plastic cup stuck on its head. He donned full Ebola protective gear to help... More »

New Ebola-Like Disease Is Emerging

WHO tracks mysterious South Sudan fever

(Newser) - South Sudan, the world's newest country and one of its most troubled, may be home to the world's newest disease. The World Health Organization says it is closely tracking an outbreak of a mysterious hemorrhagic fever that has killed at least 10 people in the country this year... More »

WHO: Zika Is an International Emergency

World Health Organization calls mosquito-borne virus 'extraordinary event'

(Newser) - The World Health Organization announced Monday that the explosive spread of the Zika virus in the Americas is an "extraordinary event" that merits being declared an international emergency, the AP reports. The agency convened a closed-door emergency meeting of independent experts Monday to assess the outbreak after noting a... More »

New Ebola Death Confirmed Hours After Outbreak Declared Over

Virus claims life in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - Hours after the World Health Organization declared an end to the Ebola outbreak that has plagued West Africa for some two years, officials in Sierra Leone on Thursday confirmed a new death from the virus, BBC reports. The WHO has warned, the BBC notes, that flare-ups are expected. "We... More »

With 11.3K Dead, Ebola Outbreak Is Officially Over

Liberia reaches 42-day benchmark with no new cases

(Newser) - The World Health Organization declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever on Thursday after no new cases emerged in Liberia, though health officials warn that it will be several more months before the world is considered free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives over... More »

'Ebola Nurse' Sues Chris Christie

She filed $250K civil rights suit over forced quarantine

(Newser) - Chris Christie is still running for president, but the New Jersey governor's treatment of a nurse a year ago is making more headlines this week than his campaign. Nurse Kaci Hickox, who was put in mandatory quarantine in a Newark, NJ, hospital after returning from treating Ebola patients in... More »

Days After Last Sierra Leone Patient, Ebola Rises Again

New death confirmed just as country has released last patient

(Newser) - Health officials in Sierra Leone today confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from a hospital. Samples from the body of a 67-year-old woman who died recently in Kambia district in the country's north came back positive for the... More »

Ebola Survivor Who Lost 21 Relatives Has Baby Boy

Victoria Yillia gives birth in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia's life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son. And yet it loomed, even on this, her happiest day. She delivered her child just a few minutes' walk from the ward where just last year she had hovered between life and... More »

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Could Grind Virus to a Halt

WHO trial saw zero cases among those tested with new vaccine

(Newser) - An experimental vaccine tested on thousands in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might shut down the epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a World Health Organization study out today. "If proven effective, this is going to be a game-changer," said WHO director... More »

'Damning' Report: WHO 'Unfit' in Emergencies

It lacks 'capacity and culture,' bungled Ebola response

(Newser) - An independent report commissioned by the World Health Organization and deemed "damning" by the BBC has found the WHO lacks the "capacity and culture" to handle global health emergencies. The report notes the organization delayed too long in responding to the Ebola crisis—something the WHO has admitted... More »

Liberia Now Ebola-Free, but Measles on Rise

Nation at center of epidemic has no new cases in 42 days

(Newser) - The World Health Organization announced a welcome milestone in Liberia today: With no new cases in 42 days—twice the incubation period—the nation has been declared free of Ebola, reports the BBC . Last fall, Liberia saw 400 new cases every week. The disease remains active in neighboring Sierra Leone... More »

Lingering Ebola Turns Survivor's Blue Eye Green

And then Dr. Ian Crozier's iris turned blue again

(Newser) - Ebola survivor Dr. Ian Crozier was released from Atlanta's Emory University Hospital in October when his blood showed no sign of the virus. His Ebola troubles weren't over, though. Two months later, he developed inflammation, searing pain, and high blood pressure in his left eye; he could soon... More »

US Worker Contracts Ebola; 10 Colleagues Evacuated

They cared for patient already being treated at NIH

(Newser) - Ten clinicians with a Boston-based nonprofit responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone are to be transported to the United States after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease. Partners in Health said in a statement yesterday that the medical workers would be evacuated on non-commercial... More »

NBC Editor Who Broke Ebola Quarantine Quits

Snyderman says she regrets becoming part of the story

(Newser) - NBC's chief medical editor appears to have decided that breaking quarantine after possible exposure to Ebola to get takeout food is a mistake that her broadcasting career isn't going to recover from. Dr. Nancy Snyderman has resigned to take a teaching position, saying "becoming part of the... More »

Nurse Who Survived Ebola Is Suing Texas Hospital

'PR pawn' Nina Pham says hospital failed her

(Newser) - Nina Pham beat Ebola; now she's taking on the place where she caught it. Pham, who contracted the virus while caring for dying patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, tells the Dallas Morning News that she is suing the parent company of the hospital that... More »

Pyongyang Bans Foreigners From Marathon

Country worried runners might bring Ebola

(Newser) - Tightening the screws even further on travel to their already isolated country, North Korean authorities have barred foreigners from one of the year's most popular tourist events—the annual Pyongyang marathon —because of ongoing concerns over the spread of the Ebola virus, travel agencies say. While no cases... More »

Ebola Virus Is Mutating

It may become less deadly but more contagious

(Newser) - The Ebola virus is mutating "quite a lot," according to scientists tracking the outbreak in West Africa—but the tough part is telling just what it is mutating into. It is important to track genetic changes to "keep up with our enemy," a geneticist at France'... More »

As Ebola Wanes, US Clinics Become Ghost Towns

Treatment centers in Liberia were built on worst-case scenario that never happened

(Newser) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has shrunk dramatically, with an average of fewer than one new case reported each day last week. Nowhere is the drastic improvement more clear than in the many treatment centers the US has built in Liberia. They're full of empty beds, and some... More »

Texas Soldier's Mystery Death Not Ebola

He was found dead week after return from Liberia

(Newser) - A Fort Hood soldier recently returned from fighting the Ebola outbreak in Liberia was found dead on his doorstep yesterday morning, but officials say conclusive tests have ruled the disease out as a cause. The 24-year-old returned to Texas with his unit last week and the tests were ordered as... More »

Origin of Ebola Outbreak: Tiny Guinea Bat?

Team says bats hunted by kids likely started this outbreak

(Newser) - The current Ebola epidemic—which now totals upward of 20,000 cases and more than 7,700 deaths—has already been traced to the tiny village of Meliandou in southern Guinea, where the person thought to be patient zero, 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno, died with Ebola-like symptoms in late 2013. Fruit... More »

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